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An 8 year old boy  married a 61 year old  woman in Zimbabwe this weekend . 8 year old boy Sanele Masilela  married  the  61 year old woman  Helen Shabangu  in a  shocking wedding ceremony attended by over 100 people .Naij reports

Patience Masilela the boy’s aunt explained to the press and guests that the wedding took place in fulfillment of the ancestors demands  .

“The boy was named after his late grandfather who never had a white wedding, so the ancestors told the boy to get married and he chose Helen to be his bride. The family took his desire to get married very seriously. They paid  for the bride in March last year and spent a lot on the wedding because they believed it was what the ancestors wanted.” She said

8 Year Old Boy Marries 61 year old woman

The bride said: “I’m married and have five kids of my own, but I know that this is what the ancestors wanted – and now they are happy. It is a ritual. We are just playing now, but it is a sign that he will get married one day.”

The young groom said: “I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I really did want to. I chose her because I love her and I’m happy that I married her – but I will go to school and study hard. When I’m older I will marry a lady my own age.”

The bride’s long-time husband, Alfred Shabangu (65), said that he never had a problem with her marrying the boy because he too knew that it was what the ancestors wanted. My kids and I are happy. We don’t have any problems with it,” he said.]